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A New Free Fatigue Management Program

This month, the United States and Canadian governments have collaborated with motor carriers and the insurance industry to launch the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP). NAFMP is a comprehensive website that provides education and training to help reduce bus and truck driver fatigue. Drivers can register at the website free of charge, work through …

Truck Stop Fitness Clubs Help Truckers Get Fit on Road Trips

Entrepreneurialism is alive and well in America. Where a need exists, an ambitious business owner with an idea isn’t far behind. We need healthier truck drivers, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Now a business-minded spirit has followed with an idea. Hoping to accommodate truckers’ need for a place to exercise, Snap Fitness, …

Sleep Apnea Screenings Aim to Curb Fatigue-Related Truck Crashes

For years, snoring was commonly viewed as a harmless, albeit annoying, sound that people make when they sleep. It turns out that, while the sound itself is just that – a sound – it is often symptomatic of a far more serious condition called sleep apnea. A person who suffers from sleep apnea experiences brief …

Truck Driver Dies in Crash in Schriever, LA

The driver of a tanker truck was killed when his vehicle went over the side of a narrow wooden bridge in Schriever, Louisiana, on Monday, March 12. According to HoumaToday.com, the truck was traveling a small rural road when its load of drilling pipes shifted, rocking the truck and pushing it into the swampy canal …

Tractor Trailer Crashes into State Trooper in Knoxville

Truck driver fatigue appears to have played a part in an accident in Knoxville that left a Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper with critical injuries on Tuesday, March 13. According to WATE.com, the trooper was in his vehicle in the median of Interstate 40 finishing paperwork from a traffic stop when a tractor trailer swerved and …

Federal Rule Bans Hand-Held Cell Phone Use by Commercial Drivers on the Road

Studies show that commercial vehicle operators using hand-held cell phones while driving have a higher risk of getting into truck accidents. Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation made its latest effort to end distracted driving with a final rule banning hand-held cell phone use by all big-rig and bus drivers. Announcing the ban last …

Oregon Log Book Inspections Place 22 Percent of Drivers Out of Service

Oregon trucking enforcement officials conducted detailed inspections of commercial drivers’ log books and vehicles last month, resulting in 22 percent of big-rig drivers being placed out of service. Most of the violations involved driving too long without taking a mandatory rest break. Federal and Oregon trucking regulations demand that drivers keep track of the hours …

Teamsters, Safety Groups Support HOS Changes in Letter to President Obama

As the October 28 deadline nears for the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to announce any Hours of Service rule changes for commercial truck drivers, the Teamsters Union and several public health and safety organizations have sent a letter to President Barack Obama in support of shortening the number of consecutive hours a trucker can …

Hours of Service Rule Change Faces House Resistance

Republican members of the House Transportation committee have vowed to work “aggressively” to prevent changes in the current Hours-of-Service rules that would lead to shorter road hours for commercial truck drivers. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is considering a rule that would reduce the limit for commercial drivers to the prior 10 hours. (The …

NTSB: No Cellphones for Truck Drivers

As I noted last year in reference to a serious truck crash near Munfordville, Kentucky, multiple fatalities make the job of a truck accident attorney even harder to bear. This week, however, I am heartened by news that that particular crash may yield some benefit. Following its new report on that crash, the National Transportation …

Fatal Bus Accident Illustrates Dangers of Driver Fatigue

As a truck accident attorney, I am concerned about safety issues such as driver fatigue, a common factor in fatal truck and commercial vehicle wrecks. As the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) considers a change to the hours-of-service rules, a recent fatal bus crash illustrates the dangers of driver fatigue. Following the accident in …

Fatigue Checklist Violated Fourth Amendment, Says Court

Recently, the Fourth Amendment helped a truck driver win a case. After the Minnesota State Patrol put Stephen House through a line of questioning for no apparent reason and then ordered him out of service (OOS) for 10 hours, he fought back with help from the Owner-Operator Independent Driver Association (OOIDA). Together, they went to …

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